October 14th, 2011
02:49 PM ET

Man, 100, set to become oldest marathoner

A man who didn’t start running marathons until he was 89 is hoping to become the first undisputed centenarian known to have completed the 26.2-mile race.

Fauja Singh, 100, of the United Kingdom, is expected to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday in Canada. If he completes it, Guinness World Records will recognize him as the world’s oldest marathoner.

“He’s really happy, and looking forward to it,” his coach, Harmander Singh, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Guinness had recognized Dimitrion Yordanidis, 98, as the world’s oldest marathoner for running in Athens in 1976. Yordanidis isn’t among the records kept by the Association of Road Racing Statisticians, which already recognizes Fauja Singh as the oldest for the last marathon he ran, at age 93 in 2004.

Singh, nicknamed the Turbaned Tornado, took up running 20 years ago - around the time he moved to England from India - after losing his wife and son, the CBC and the marathon’s website say.

He began running marathons at 89, completing seven through age 93. He set the current world record for people 90 and older with a time of five hours, 40 minutes and four seconds in Toronto in 2003.

He jogs and walks eight to 10 miles per day, according to Toronto marathon organizers.

“I have said it before: that I will carry on running, as it is keeping me alive,” Singh said, according to the marathon’s site.

Back in 2002, when he was the oldest entrant of the London Marathon at age 92, CNN reported that Singh credited his fitness in part to meditation, fresh food and ginger curry.

Some readers may recall that a British man, Pierre Jean “Buster” Martin, claimed to have been 101 when he ran the London Marathon in 2008. But Guinness declined to recognize his run, saying it couldn’t verify his age.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    So my half-marathons (http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/my-half-marathons-2/) are nothing special? 🙁

    October 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. laz

    i saw the guy but who saw his authentic birthday certificate?

    October 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. thetortoiseruns

    Absolutely amazing. I want to be him when i grow up. Check out my blog if you want to read the experiences of a very slow runner!

    http://thetortoiseruns.wordpress.com/

    October 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Bully for Fauja Singh!
    The world needs more heroes–a lot more.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. OWS

    God Bless You, Fauja Singh...Hey, if you have it in you at 100-years of age, GO FOR IT !! "Never say NEVER to a Challenge That Will Come Along the Way..."

    October 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    This probably comes under the category of small things that amuse small minds, but this story is a lot of fun to read with an Indian accent.

    October 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Bimbo...*Facepalm*™

    awwww, this man is so *cute*.
    I just want to give him a hug.
    Good luck, sir.
    Rock on!

    October 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Darn it, Bimbo, now I'm going to have to re-read this article with a lilting accent going through my mind...

    October 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Does anyone remember a couple of decades ago when the Sikhs were bad guys, terrorists. I guess sometimes things do calm down, given time.

    October 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sensible

      You should be called Dumbo......

      October 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mannu Singh

      If Sikhs were bad guys than what do you think of Indira Gandhi who slaughtered Sikhs as they had gathered in Sikh Temples to celebrate a religious day. Do you know that world press was not allowed to watch or report the genocide. Even as recent as last month, Indian government kicked out an American reporter who has found so many questionable burial places in Kashmir.

      October 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Maybe I should have put "perceived as" in my post. I thought it was implied.

      October 15, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I remember. Maybe he ran it out of his system.

    October 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fernace

    Hey banasy, JIF & Bimbo, good news is always welcome even the small stuff of small minds!Lol! I revere this dude & if he's still around when I hit my centennial, I'll marry him! Hold me to that Y'all!! 🙂

    October 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Hello fernace, banasy, and Bimbo!
    I've become an expert witness, fernace. Send the plane ticket with the invitation.

    October 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Hey, fernace.
    I want an invite, too!
    This guy is *adorable*, isn't he?

    JIF, you'll still be around, I assume...
    You'll go down in the GWR as the oldest pianist soon, won't you?

    October 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mad Granny

    JIF will you marry me. I fell in love with your mind and your musical talent. We could ride my pimped out hover round together into the sunset.

    October 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    I feel like crap now because I'm 26 and I doubt I could complete a marathon. I ran 3 miles last night and my shins were killing me. I'm 175lbs, 6'2".

    October 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.Stewart

      Bil, compared to Fauja Singh, you are a little kid in daipers. He did not start running until 89. You've got some time.

      October 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
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